A photo recap of the 2019 Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade

Thousands of spectators from throughout the Valley of the Sun traveled to Old Town Scottsdale Saturday, Feb. 9, to view the 66th Parada del Sol Parade and take part in the annual Trail’s End Festival.

Despite the cloudy skies and cooler temperatures, nearly 100 parade participants strutted their stuff, banged their drums, waved to the crowds and marched down Scottsdale Road on horseback to the delight of young and old alike.

This year’s parade honored “Arizona’s heroes” and featured Scottsdale’s firefighter and police officer of the year. The late Sen. John McCain was honored as well, with his wife Cindy scheduled to serve as the grand marshal. Unfortunately, Ms. McCain was not able to appear due to a last-minute conflict.

The parade showcased a mixture of entries ranging from mounted rangers on horseback, high school marching bands, Native American dancers and myriad pageant queens and princesses.

The Trail’s End Festival immediately followed the parade and offered a variety of musical entertainment, dancing, business exhibits, food and refreshments.

Photos by Bret McKeand/Scottsdale Independent



Bret McKeand is senior executive editor of Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA.

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